The daughter of evangelical Christian pastors, Perry told Vogue, for the May issue, that she grew up sheltered in a "bubble beyond the bubble."
"My house was church on Sunday morning, church on Sunday night, church on Wednesday evening," the 32-year-old pop star recalled. "You don’t celebrate Halloween; Jesus gives you your Christmas presents; we watch Bill O’Reilly on TV. That was my whole childhood and youth and early teens."
She added, "I still have conditioned layers dropping off of me by the day."
The singer has also been making up for her lack of early knowledge about the outside world.
"The schools were really makeshift," Perry explained. "Education was not the first priority. My education started in my 20s, and there is so much to learn still."
"But I came out of the womb asking questions, curious from day one, and I am really grateful for that: My curiosity has led me here," she continued. "Anything I don’t understand, I will just ask questions about."
Still, she admitted, "I miss references all the time."
Her musical upbringing was also restricted.
"I had never heard such an imaginative explanation of how to live," she recalled. "That was my first perspective on that world, and I just loved it. I felt so free and accepted." Two years later, at 17, she moved to Los Angeles to pursue the music career she wanted.
Today, she remains close to her parents while agreeing to disagree with them.
In fact, she got Clinton to promote her new shoe line by posing for a photo wearing a pink pump dubbed "The Hillary."
Perry admitted to Vogue that she was "really disheartened" by the November election result.
She called the election "an awakening that was necessary because I think we were in a false utopia."
Looking ahead, she said, "We can’t ever get that stagnant again. I am so grateful that young people know the names of senators. I think teenage girls are going to save the world! That age group just seems to be holding people accountable. They have a really strong voice -- and a loud one."